It’s been an eventful 2022 so far. Our Editor’s exciting new chapter.

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I’m back! It’s been awhile…

Sorry for the silence, but the last few months have been a whirlwind. Renewed Collective had to take a backseat for a little bit while my personal life needed my full attention and time.

Let’s start from the beginning…

The start of this year felt heavy and draining. WA has been so fortunate and shielded from a lot of the lockdowns, but we were also prevented from travelling anywhere. I love travelling and make a priority of travelling overseas or interstate at least a couple of times a year. The freedom of exploring new places and experiencing new cultures is something that I love so much. I was feeling trapped and doing road trips with the rest of Western Australia just wasn’t the same. Then came the announcement of the borders not opening on the date they had planned. Everyone had their own feelings on this, and that’s ok, but I was ready for them to be open, and at least have the option of travel available to those who wanted it.

It was time for a change and hubby and I both badly needed it.

Making huge life changes can be scary but sometimes we feel called to make them every now and then to keep life interesting. You can get stuck and life just starts passing you by without you even realising. Yes, it’s human nature to resist change at first and stay somewhere comfortable and familiar, but we need to start getting uncomfortable. Challenges help us grow and the unknown can be exciting! If things don’t work out at least you’ve tried and you can just try something else.

Hubby and I have been talking about selling our home for awhile now, but it was one of those things we just kept putting off. We have been renovating it slowly over the last 10 years and it was those annoying little things that needed finishing that we just kept putting off. Although now was the perfect time to sell with the current housing market, so we made the commitment and after finally finishing those pesky items we listed our home last month. And it sold after the first home open! So we now had 7 weeks to pack up our belongings and find our new home. We were going to rent for a little while, so our search began.

But there would be a few challenges to come…

Rentals in Perth are difficult to find and quite expensive right now, and our dream of being closer to the water was getting a little pricey. So then came the idea of a sea change… We have talked about moving to a regional town before so this wasn’t a new discussion for us. The place we were discussing was new for us though, so our search began heading in a different direction.

Then came the phone call. About a week after our home had gone under offer, the buyers had already received their finance. Wonderful news, but now settlement was in 3 weeks not 6 weeks like we had originally thought. So from thinking we had plenty of time, we were now feeling a little stressed. The search became a bit more urgent and the packing a bit more frantic.

With 10 days to go until our settlement we made the drive and looked at 2 properties, one didn’t feel right for us and the other was perfect. We were both on the same page and knew where we were meant to be. But from our first discussions with the owners we’d told them we needed it in April, not March, so if we got the house would there be any chance of us getting in there early…?

The next day we received the wonderful news that they would lease us the property! We would be making our sea change and had a beautiful place to call home, but… we couldn’t get in until after Easter.

The next week was a whirlwind of packing boxes, getting rid of and selling most of our furniture (our new place came furnished) and moving the majority of our belongings into a storage unit.

Settlement went through and although it was a little sad leaving our home of 10 years, and our first home together, we have so much to look forward to. We were so fortunate to stay with family for a few weeks and enjoyed some downtime for the first time in many weeks.

After Easter we loaded all our belongings from our storage unit into a truck and made our way to our new home in Lancelin. A small coastal town just 90 minutes north of Perth, where we can walk to the beach from our new home and enjoy a slower pace of life. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but still close enough to come back whenever we need to.

Simplifying life to prioritise spending more time in nature. Being part of and making connections within the local community. Slowing down and making time for the things that are truly important to us.

I’m so excited to get back into creating content for our amazing community. I know we missed out on the Autumn issue of the magazine, but all those ideas I had for that issue will now be poured into the next one and it will be better than ever. Don’t forget if you haven’t got a copy of our beautiful Summer issue, it’s still available on our website to purchase now! Find it here.

Sammy
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